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October 5, 2001 8:03:45 PM

Hi,
Building a comp for my friend, who is a professional musician. He needs a good sound card (pro grade, not an SB Live or anything). What are some goods ones like that (can't be too expensive though up to 300$).Also, which speaker set is good?

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October 5, 2001 8:10:43 PM

There's a big difference in price between pro grade and SB Live.
What's he going to be doing with it? Is he just listening to stuff, but wants good sound, or is he going to be using it for recording?

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October 5, 2001 9:27:44 PM

Check out the Event cards.
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October 5, 2001 9:56:42 PM

He'll be music editing, recording, and listening.

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October 5, 2001 10:04:45 PM

You can always try <A HREF="http://www.digidesign.com/products/homestudio/homesyste..." target="_new">this</A> for $1000. It kicks ass. DigiDesign Digi 001, comes with Pro Tools LE.

Haven't heard of Event, and couldn't find anything on them. Do you have some links?

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October 5, 2001 10:06:41 PM

I didn't see any event audio cards. Could you please tell me where to find? Also, is RME a good company for audio products; will the DIGI96/8 give great audio wquality- better than SB Live Platinum for instance?

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October 5, 2001 10:22:40 PM

You will not be able to get a pro-quality sound card for $300! The best you can get is an Audigy Platinum or Hercules Game Theater XP. The rest aren't worth it until you get into the $1000 range.

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October 5, 2001 11:09:48 PM

What is teh actual difference in sound quality though?

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October 5, 2001 11:12:46 PM

In sound quality, probably not enough to notice with computer speakers.

In functionality, huge difference.

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October 5, 2001 11:13:32 PM

What do u mean by functionaility- how fast it'll reproduce teh sound or something?

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October 5, 2001 11:19:36 PM

How much you can do with it. If you want to do recording and editing, I wouldn't recommend an Audigy. It's just not up to snuff.

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October 5, 2001 11:34:08 PM

So then what?

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October 5, 2001 11:40:11 PM

If you're looking for a serious card, get the one I mentioned. ($1000)
If you're looking for a cheap card, get an Audigy or Game Theatre XP.

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October 5, 2001 11:54:56 PM

For 535$ I can get the sound card only. Think that will be much different than an Audigy?

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October 5, 2001 11:57:49 PM

Which sound card only?
Audigy = Audigy

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October 6, 2001 12:23:55 AM

Digi ToolBox XP- will it be good?

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Anonymous
October 6, 2001 6:23:11 AM

Ok enough of this you want real pro quality only two manufacturers

Digital Audio Labs: Card Delux 2 in 2 our balanced 24/96 sound card

Lynx Stusio tecnology: lynx one 2 in 2 out with XLR brakout cables, also does MIDI in/out SPDIF in/out AES/EBU in/out

Lynx Two same as above but either 4 in 4 out, 2 in 6 out, 6 in 2 out.

Ignore all this Creative labs crap and get proper pro sound cards believe me these may be more expensive but they are really worth it
Anonymous
October 6, 2001 1:39:59 PM

I believe there are many cards in many price ranges, depending on the features you need.

Questionlist:
1.Do you need low latency? ultra-low?
2.Do you need multiple i/o? how many? balanced audio?
3.Do you need digital i/o?
4.Do you need on-board dsp?
5.What applications do you use (unfortunately this is of some importance still)
6.What os do you use/plan to use?
7.need mic amps and internal mixing/monitoring?


The price will depend on all of the above factors. Those saying that "you need this $1000 card as its the only professional out there" typiclly don`t know what they are talking about. There are typical "pro" cards out there that costs little more than a sblive, but they may have very few features (only digital i/o for instance).

Answer the above questions, and I will try to give you some advice.

Some brands to investigate:
*Creamware. Very powerful dsp. somewhat high price for a given number of outputs. expandable and low latency

*m-audio/midiman. big range of pure i/o boards (no dsp). not very expandable but good prices and driver support

*yamaha dsp factory. slightly dated but contains all of the dsp from one of their multi 1000 dollar digital mixers. Expandable, but offers few i/o out of the box.

Knut
October 6, 2001 1:57:09 PM

Hmm, do any of the Pro cards support multiple microphones and Dolby Digital 5.1 encoding.

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Anonymous
October 7, 2001 3:12:04 AM

I can`t remember any cards supporting that. But there might be.

Why would you want your mic amps in the soundcard instead of in an external mixer where they belong?

Dolby 5.1 mixing is done by plugins and software packages these days. It is possible to buy very expensive hardware boxes from dolby from this, but I dont think its worth it...

Knut
Anonymous
October 8, 2001 1:21:48 AM

Sorry, looks like they've changed the name from Event. Try this link: http://www.echoaudio.com.
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